Ghirardelli Chocolate Martini Recipe

I was lucky enough to try out the Ghirardelli Chocolate Flavored Sauce the other day and it is fantastic! We used it on ice cream and they suggest that you use it in coffee. But the best suggestion that I have seen is to make a chocolate martini with it. Check out this picture and tell me you are not drooling!

The chocolate martini recipe is fairly simple–vodka, hazelnut liqueur, and raspberry liqueur. What really make it something special for chocolate lovers is the drizzle of chocolate sauce that coats the inside of the glass.

Have you tried this recipe? Do you have a favorite chocolate martini that you make yourself or get at a particular restaurant?

Simple Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Chocolate fondue is a fancy treat that everyone always thinks is difficult to make. The key is not to burn the milk or chocolate. Here is an easy fondue recipe that anyone can make. Serve it with angel food cake, pound cake, strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, brownie bites, or many other dippers.

Simple Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

3/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound chocolate broken into pieces (milk or dark, your choice!)

Directions

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the heavy cream and chocolate slowly. Stir until the chocolate melts.

Pour the chocolate into a serving bowl placed in the middle of a tray with the dippers surrounding it. Easy and tasty!

Cinco de Mayo Chocolate Recipes

For Cinco de Mayo, we found a great guest post for Chocolate Picnic!

Using Chocolate in Mexican Desserts

Chocolate is a Mexican staple and the Aztecs used it both as currency and food. They used to combine it with seeds, honey, spices and nuts to make delicious drinks which were enjoyed by noblemen and used in rituals by Aztec priests. Chocolate can be traced even further back, to the Mayan times.

The Spanish explorers took chocolate to Spain with them and it became the official drink of the king. Around the turn of the nineteenth century, hot chocolate was made with sugar and milk in Europe and this mixture evolved into the hot chocolate we know and love today.

Before then, hot chocolate was rather a bitter flavored drink rather than a sweet one. A lot of porcelain manufacturers at the time began making special ranges cups and pots just for hot chocolate because of its popularity.

Mexican Chocolate Drinks

Chocolate is used in Mexican dessert recipes but it is also used to make a variety of drinks. Since Mexican chocolate drinks are so thick and sweet, they can count as desserts too.

A wooden whisk known as a molinillo is often used to froth Mexican hot chocolate drinks such as champurrado and atole. A cold chocolate drink called tejate is a specialty in the Oaxaca region and this drink is a frothy combination of cocoa flowers, dark chocolate and corn masa.

Mole is a savory Mexican sauce which contains nuts, chili, tomato, chocolate, spices and garlic. Only a small amount of dark, bitter chocolate is used to make mole and this sauce is served with chicken or turkey. Chocolate mousse, chocolate flan and chocolate souffle are other examples of Mexican desserts featuring chocolate as an ingredient.

Recipe for Mexican Chocolate Soup

This tasty and unusual dessert recipe is known as “sopa de chocolate” in Mexico and it clearly reflects the French influence on Mexican cuisine. A lot of Mexican recipes have French, Portuguese, Indian, Spanish or Caribbean touches and Mexican food is a combination of many cuisines. This Mexican dessert recipe serves four people.

What you will need:

  • 2 oz grated Mexican chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons slivered almonds

How to make it:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook 1/4 cup of the sugar with the milk gently in a pan over a low flame. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the milk and keep cooking it, stirring all the time, until the mixture is thick. Do not let it boil.

Stir in the chocolate until the mixture is smooth. Let it cool down and divide it between four serving dishes. Beat the egg whites and sugar until you get stiff peaks, then divide this mixture between four custard cups. Put these in a pan with an inch of water in it and bake until the meringues are cooked and golden brown.

Add a meringue to each of the serving dishes and sprinkle the almonds over the top. A dollop of vanilla ice cream would also be a good garnish for these Mexican desserts.

Both sweet and savory Mexican recipes can feature Mexican chocolate to enhance the flavor. Mexican chocolate ranges from bitter, dark and unspiced to cinnamon and even chili varieties. Vanilla, cinnamon and fruit are also popular ingredients in delicious Mexican desserts and a lot of these desserts are really easy to make.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake Demonstration

I had a delicious chocolate cake at a party and was told that it was “flourless.” I couldn’t understand how that was possible, so I looked it up online. Below is a great recipe and demonstration for a Flourless Chocolate Cake from howdini. The cake has only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (1 Cup)
6 Eggs
1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
8 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Power

Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate. Sift cocoa and whisk with sugar. Add eggs to dry mixture and whisk. Once butter and chocolate have melted, add the sugar/egg/cocoa mixture slowly (so as not to scramble eggs). Cut parchment paper to bottom of springform pan and butter it. Pour batter into pan. Prehear oven to 350 degrees. Bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top. Watch the video below for more instruction.

Chocolate Martini Recipes

Chocolate is everywhere during the holidays, even in the drinks. I’m a sucker for a good chocolate martini and have been trying out a number of different recipes to find just the right one for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites. If you have a favorite of your own, leave a comment to share it with everyone else!

Godiva Chocolate Martini (the classic)
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

Godiva Cranberry Martini
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
1/2 oz. cranberry juice

Mint Patty martini (from Martiniart.com)
3 ounces of freezing Absolut Pepar vodka
2 ounces of White Creme de Menthe
1 tablespoon of Peppermint Schnapps
1 ounce of Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 Starlight mint
2 freezing martini glasses

Add your vodka, Creme de Menthe, and Starlight mint to a cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice and let the shaker stand for a minute.
Give ten good shakes, and add your Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and give another fifteen shakes.
Strain your cocktail into the martini glasses.
Top each glass with half of the Peppermint Schnapps.

Need a little more help? Check out this chocolate martini video for some hands-on advice.